Almost sixty years ago, I was diagnosed as diabetic. I first knew when the nurse asked me if I had cleaned the jelly jar I used to bring in the requested urine sample! I had, and the diagnosis was confirmed. There were no types 1 and 2 back then and I’m not even sure about the term “juvenile” diabetes. I was put on two oral medications to start. I think one was Orinase, but that was a long time ago! Those medications seemed to help for a year or two, but at some point became ineffective. Of course, the only way of knowing was TesTape, a strip you peed on and it turned green with sugar. After that initial period, I requested and was given, a prescription for insulin. I was flying mostly blind during the first dozen years, trying to minimize green TesTapes while still minimizing low sugar episodes. That all changed about a dozen years later when I tracked down Richard Bernstein and had a discussion with him about a blood sugar meter.
So, officially, I have never been classified regarding diabetes type. Both I and my doctors have assumed that I am Type 1, but I’ve never had testing to confirm that. So, my question is whether that assumption is correct. And if not, does it make any difference? I’ve always controlled my carb intake to some extent. In the last four months, I’ve started on a rather low carb diet and both lost 16 pounds and gotten my A1c to 6.6 as a result. Would knowing for sure my type of diabetes be important at this point?